OPENING NIGHT AT METRO CINEMA

And with that, our mini-retrospective of Cassavetes’ films comes to an end. I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to present some of my favourite movies in my favourite movie house. Here is the last intro I prepared, this one for my personal favourite from the Cassavetes canon: Opening Night. ____________ OPENING NIGHT Hello again, and thankContinue reading “OPENING NIGHT AT METRO CINEMA”

A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE AT METRO CINEMA

As part of the ongoing Cassavetes mini-retrospective at The Metro Cinema in Edmonton, I had the pleasure of introducing two screenings of A Woman Under The Influence. They were my third and fourth time seeing the film (although I only caught the end of the fourth screening on account of a camper van breakdown in Saskatoon,Continue reading “A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE AT METRO CINEMA”

A STUDY OF LOVE – CASSAVETES’ FACES AT METRO CINEMA

For the last year or so, I’ve sat on the Programming Committee at The Metro Cinema in Edmonton. This month, I had the opportunity to curate a mini-retrospective of the films of John Cassavetes, five of which are available in DCP for the first time. Of the five, we were ultimately able to screen threeContinue reading “A STUDY OF LOVE – CASSAVETES’ FACES AT METRO CINEMA”

KINO LEFTER INTERVIEW

I was recently hosted by some Edmonton-based podcasters who do a weekly film review from a critical left-wing viewpoint. We had a terrific conversation, mostly surrounding Peak Oil and my upcoming documentary project Digging In The Dirt, two films that engage peripherally or directly with the idea of the province-of Alberta-as-Petro-State. I highly recommend checking out KINOContinue reading “KINO LEFTER INTERVIEW”

PEAK OIL WINS BEST FILM @ NSI ONLINE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Exciting news this week as Peak Oil received the A&E Short Filmmakers Award for Best Film at the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. The jury comments provided some of the best feedback I’ve ever received. It’s an incredible feeling to know that this film can resonate with people in exactly the ways I’d hoped.Continue reading “PEAK OIL WINS BEST FILM @ NSI ONLINE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL”

SOME PHOTOS FROM OCTOBER 2018

Recently Lizzie and I went to New York to visit my aunt and uncle for about a week. I find it’s often hard to seamlessly segue back into one’s life in Edmonton after being somewhere so teeming with life. To combat these Edmonton blues, I usually start taking my camera around with me everywhere, treatingContinue reading “SOME PHOTOS FROM OCTOBER 2018”

EXCERPT FROM A SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATION

I’m expressly interested in the anthropological implications of narrative filmmaking. I think fiction films often present a less alienating path to empathy and understanding than documentary because of the degree to which the director and actors allow themselves to be vulnerable, and the control they can exert over this vulnerability in a context where everyoneContinue reading “EXCERPT FROM A SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATION”

CASSAVETES ON BEING AN ARTIST VS. BEING A PROFESSIONAL

Whenever I’m feeling burned out with filmmaking, I go to the well of Cassavetes. Maybe he was a megalomaniac, maybe at some points he was a borderline compulsive liar. Certainly he alienated a lot of people, according to some of the anecdotes reported in  Ray Carney’s Cassavetes on Cassavetes. But whatever else he was, he was someone whoContinue reading “CASSAVETES ON BEING AN ARTIST VS. BEING A PROFESSIONAL”